Benfica break Portuguese transfer record
ATTACKING midfielder Rafa Silva, who was crowned champion of Europe with Portugal during the summer, has just signed a five-year deal with Portuguese giants Benfica.
Benfica broke the Portuguese transfer record to table a £13 million deal for the Sporting Braga man, completing the most expensive transfer in Portuguese history.
The 23-year-old had been strongly linked with rivals Porto, but the local press all announced that Silva had opted for the Lisbon giants and three-time defending champions.
In addition to the transfer fee, which surpasses the record amount Porto spent for Joao Moutinho’s £9 million transfer from Lisbon in 2010, Benfica also offered Braga Rui Fonte as part of the deal, according to the newspaper Record.
According to A Bola, the Portuguese champions could also loan out two wingers; Maroccan Mehdi Carcela and Argentinian Oscar Benitez. — AFP